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As busy parents of toddlers, finding ways to encourage independence, learning and movement that don't involve screen time isn’t always an easy task! That’s why adding this list of our favorite kid-focused podcasts to your arsenal of parenting tools is something you can’t afford not to do. Then all you’ll have left to do is turn up the volume!

Little Stories for Tiny People

LSFTP is a collection of children’s stories with heartwarming characters that foster inclusivity of diverse feelings, experiences, cultures and families. Episodes average about 30-minutes—a perfect addition to your toddler’s afternoon quiet-time or bedtime routine. And kids are sure to fall in love with the creator Rhea Pechter’s debut picture book, Little Fox Can’t Wait to Dream, too!

Noodle Loaf

If you’re looking to get your toddler’s wiggles out through play-based, sensory learning, Noodle Loaf is the podcast for you! Episodes are wild and fun—just the thing for those restless littles—and encourage kids to move and sing along with the help of real listeners while learning about and celebrating our endlessly interesting world!

Storynory

Fun-filled adventures, classic fairytales and ancient history come to life in the Storynory podcast! And with an array of super-short stories (think 5-10) available, this podcast is great for keeping toddlers' attention while you make a call or take a solo bathroom break.

Busy Kids Love Music

A wonderful voyage through the world of music and intriguing instruments awaits your toddler in this podcast, which will introduce your littles to different musical styles, techniques and the people who create the magnificent music!

Circle Round

Each episode of Circle Round encourages children to think about themselves, the world around them and their place in it through adapted multicultural folktales. And they all end with an activity prompt that will inspire children to explore the ideas they learned with their parents. Circle Round is aimed at children ages 4-10, but with endearing themes and manageable lengths of about 10-20 minutes, older toddlers can easily join the adventure!

Story Time

Story Time is produced by a group of talented, international storytellers—who also happen to be parents—who understand the importance of access to creative stimuli and free stories for all children. Together they deliver original tales that will take your toddler on new, exciting learning adventures!

Kids Short Stories

Toddlers will love Kids Short Stories creator Mr. Jim and his silly short stories full of imaginative scenarios told with captivating voices and a rhythm that will keep them entertained from start to finish. Mr. Jim also accepts story idea submissions, turning your child’s ideas and interests into fun stories that they’ll be thrilled to hear flowing through the speakers of your car or home!

—Candace Nagy

Mother. Writer. Lover of history and nature. Read more by Candace here.